100px|David Lewis in September 1944
David Lewis (1909–1981) was a Russian-born Canadian Rhodes Scholar,
labour lawyer and social democratic politician. He was national
secretary of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation from 1936 to
1950. As the United Steelworkers of America’s legal counsel in Canada,
he played a central role in the creation of the Canadian Labour
Congress in 1956 and in the New Democratic Party (NDP)'s formation in
1961. In 1962, he was elected as a Member of Parliament. He was the
NDP's leader from 1971 to 1975. After his defeat in the 1974 Canadian
election, he retired from politics. He spent his last years as an
university professor and a newspaper travel correspondent. In
retirement, he was named to the highest level of the Order of Canada
for his political service. After a lengthy battle with cancer, he died
in 1981. (more...)
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Today's selected anniversaries:
American Civil War: Union General Ulysses S. Grant issued General
Order No. 11, expelling Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky.
About 1,000 demonstrators marched on Government House in Darwin,
Australia, where they burnt an effigy of Administrator John Gilruth and
demanded his resignation.
The Douglas DC-3, one of the most significant transport aircraft ever
built, made its maiden voyage to coincide with the anniversary of the
Wright Flyer's first flight.
Soldiers fired at workers emerging from trains in Gdynia, Poland,
beginning the government's brutal crackdown on mass anti-communist
protests across the country.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
A trough for animals to eat from
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Those who have served the cause of the revolution have plowed the sea.
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